I received this as a forwarded e-mail, and although it was billed as
a “true story,” I can’t help but have
the feeling that it is actually one of those “urban legends.” In any case, the
outcome is delicious. Enjoy.
The tale is as follows: TRUE STORY! My daughter and I had
just finished a salad at an very expensive department store’s cafe in Dallas,
and decided to have a small dessert. Because both of us are such cookie
lovers, we decided to try the “N-M Cookie.” It was so excellent that
I asked if they would give me the recipe, and the waitress said with a
small frown, “I’m afraid not.”
“Well,” I said, “would you let
me buy the recipe?”
With a cute smile, she said, “Yes.” I asked how much, and she
responded, “Only two fifty.”
“It’s a great deal!” I said, with approval, “just add it to my tab.”
Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement from the store.
The total was just over $285! I looked again and remembered I had
spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom
of the statement, it said, “Cookie recipe $250.” How outrageous!
I called the store’s accounting department to complain and told
them the waitress said the recipe was “two fifty.” Clearly that does not mean
“two hundred and fifty dollars” by any POSSIBLE interpretation of
the phrase. The store refused to budge. They would not reverse the
charge because, according to them, “What the waitress told you is not our
problem. You have already seen the recipe. We will not reverse charges at this point.”
I then mentioned the criminal statutes that govern fraud in Texas, and
I threatened to refer them to the Better Business Bureau and the state’s
Attorney General for engaging in fraud. The store wouldn’t budge.
I waited, thinking of how I could get even. I said, “Okay, you folks
are charging me $250, so now I’m going to make sure that every cookie
lover in the United States with an e-mail account has a $250 cookie recipe
from you … for free.
So, here it is! Pass it on! THE RECIPE (may be halved) 2 cups
butter, 4 cups flour, 2 tsp. baking soda, 2 cups sugar, 5 cups blended
oatmeal, 24 oz. chocolate chips, 2 cups brown sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 18 oz Hershey
bar (grated), 4 eggs, 2 tsp. baking powder, 2 tsp. vanilla, 3 cups chopped
nuts (your choice). Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine
powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together
with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate
chips, Hershey bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a
cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Enjoy baking the most
expensive cookies in the world for FREE!!
My kids and I joined other happy hikers and climbed Rattlesnake
Ridge to enjoy the view and get above the haze. The ledge was crowded, but
the trail on up from there was pretty lonesome. Mt. Rainier truly sparkled!
Following that, we returned to Fall City and yes, went swimming in the
river. It was quite brisk, but incredibly refreshing! Enjoy these wonderful
days in this wonderful place we call home!
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